Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Pass modernized correctional legislation in this legislative session

Despite the hard work and dedication of many correctional staff members, systemic challenges within the provincial correctional system are causing premature death and negative health outcomes. In addition to evidence from numerous inquests, lawsuits, and investigations, the Independent Advisor on Correctional Reform Howard Sapers released a report on segregation in May 2017 and a final report in October 2017 documenting reforms that are urgently needed.

It is critical that all of Sapers' recommendations in both of his reports be implemented. The first recommendation of his first report is that modernized correctional legislation be tabled within the current legislative session. Unfortunately, no such legislation was tabled before the holiday break. There is only a small window of opportunity between the resumption of the Ontario Legislature on Feb. 20, 2018 and the next provincial election on June 7, 2018.

RNAO continues to urge that responsibility for health care in corrections be transferred from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). It is time for Ontario to follow the lead of British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, and transfer responsibility for health-care oversight and delivery from their corrections ministries to their respective ministries of health.

Copies will be sent to:

  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
  • Patrick Brown, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario
  • Rick Nicholls, PC Critic for Correctional Services
  • Taras Natyshak, NDP Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jeff Yurek, P.C. Critic – Health and Long Term Care
  • France Gélinas, NDP Critic – Health and Long Term Care
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